The Museum of Jewish Heritage is New York’s home for Holocaust education.
We offer several ways for students, teachers, and adult learners to engage with us:
- Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum
- Pre-Recorded Virtual Lessons
- Virtual Museum Tours with Gallery Educators for Students and Adults
- Curriculum Guides for Frequently Assigned Books
- Online Resource: Coming of Age During the Holocaust
- The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm Lesson Plans
- Teacher Guides
Additional educational resources are highlighted below.
Teacher Professional Development Programs
The Museum offers several opportunities throughout the year for active classroom teachers and is an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) by the New York State Education Department. To view upcoming programs, visit our Events calendar and sort by “Teacher Professional Development”.
Speakers Bureau Presentations
The Speakers Bureau is a group of Holocaust survivors, World War II veterans, teachers, and descendants of survivors who present Holocaust history to groups visiting the Museum and at different venues—from schools and places of worship to nursing homes and community organizations. Learn more booking a presentation with a Speakers Bureau member here.
High School Apprenticeship Program
The High School Apprenticeship Program offers New York City public high school students a challenging program of study and work designed to give them a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to work in the Museum and explore Jewish heritage and their own. Learn more about this program and other NYC internships and fellowships >
Holocaust Educator Internship (HEI) School Partnerships
The Holocaust Educator Internship supports Holocaust education in public middle and high schools throughout the New York City area by providing lessons and tours developed by Holocaust scholars and an opportunity for students to visit the world’s third-largest Holocaust museum, bus transportation provided, all free of charge to the school. Time and availability permitting, teachers may request that their students meet with a Holocaust survivor after their tour to hear first-hand testimony. Learn more about becoming a partner school >
The Living Museum
The Living Museum provides students at Jewish schools with the tools they need to uncover their family heritage through the heirlooms found in their own homes. Through this engaging project, students come to identify with their past, while learning about how it helped to shape them as individual and as Jews. The program combines a Museum visit, classroom workshops, and independent intergenerational learning. The culminating event is the presentation of a mini-museum curated by students at their own school that highlights their Jewish heritage and community.
The online Living Museum enables teachers and students to upload the images and texts of their class’s Living Museum exhibition to the Internet to create a virtual exhibition that can be viewed the world over.
Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust
The only podcast dedicated to sharing Holocaust history through the first-hand testimonies of survivors and witnesses, Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust draws on recorded interviews from the collections of the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Each 30-minutes episode offers a curated look at the memories of an individual survivor and is accompanied by archival photographs and episode notes by a Holocaust historian. Covering topics such as hidden children, Jewish refugees in the Soviet Union, and women’s experiences, their stories are now available for teaching and learning.